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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger backs his Gunners to fire

By Mark Bryans

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is expecting his strikers to hit the goal trail after finally finding their scoring boots.

The Gunners face Watford in the FA Cup sixth round tomorrow looking to become the first team in living memory to win the competition three times in a row.

Wenger's side reached the last eight courtesy of a 4-0 replay win at Hull, which saw Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott both score twice apiece to end their respective barren spells in front of goal.

Giroud now has 20 goals for the season but had gone 11 games without a goal and Walcott had just six goals this season before his fifth-round double - while Alexis Sanchez's strike to earn Arsenal a point at Tottenham last weekend was his first in the league since October.

But now they are all back among the goals, Wenger believes the pressure has been lifted ahead of a pivotal week, including needing to overturn a 2-0 home defeat against Barcelona to advance in the Champions League and a trip to Everton in the Premier League.

Wenger said: "The fact that they have scored will take the weight off. Overall, I am pleased.

"We speak about it but the best way to sort it out is to play better collectively.

"When the quality of the cross, the quality of the final ball is better it is easier to score."

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